April: Parktown Girls takes top environmental honours

Image: Romy Chevallier
Image: Romy Chevallier

Parktown High School for Girls took honours in the inaugural SAIIA Schools Environmental Sustainability Project, held at Jan Smuts House on 7 March.

This project aimed to introduce a new generation of thinkers to the global debate on climate change.
The panel of adjudicators led by Professor Mary Scholes of the University of the Witwatersrand applauded the quality of the presentations and especially the way in which the learners answered impromptu questions on environmental sustainability from the expert panel.
The winning school researched and presented the measures taken by Spain to address land-use change and forestry, and suggested ways for these approaches to be applied to South Africa. St Andrews High School took second place, while Willowmoore High School was placed third. Six Gauteng schools were chosen to compete in the final round, the other finalists being Bishop Bavin School, Hoërskool Linden and Roedean School.

6 Apr 2009